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Fallen soldier’s monument stolen

The way Timothy Brown's statue looked in 2010. Parts of it were stolen last weekend. Post photo by J. Reed.

The way Timothy Brown’s statue looked in 2010. Parts of it were stolen last weekend. Post photo by J. Reed.

UPDATE 10/27: The three suspects in this case were arrested today and appear to have been responsible for the theft of the monument, the Skinner Field break-in, and the recent vehicle larcenies. The statue and many other items have been recovered. More info to come.

By Judy Reed

On November 4, 2005, while engaged in combat operations in Habbaniyah, Iraq, Timothy Brown, a 2002 Cedar Springs

The way the Timothy Brown statue looked after someone stole the replica rifle, hat and dog tags. Post photo by J. Reed.

The way the Timothy Brown statue looked after someone stole the replica rifle, hat and dog tags. Post photo by J. Reed.

graduate, was killed when a land mine detonated near his humvee. The community mourned the sacrifice of their local son. But the family, led by Timmy’s uncle Dan Brown, turned their grief into something good: the creation of Veteran’s Park, in honor of all Veterans. And in September 2010, a monument was dedicated in Tim’s honor at Veteran’s Park in Cedar Springs.

The replica dog tags have been stolen a couple of times from the statue, but on Saturday, October 22, his family discovered something worse: someone had stolen the replica rifle, hat, and dog tags from the statue, and left only the boots.

The monument, which came from the Fallen Heroes Memorial Foundation, cost $10,000. It was paid for through donations from the community and fundraising.

Police and the family are asking for the statue’s return, either to City Hall or the Veteran’s site, no questions asked. If you have any information on the whereabouts of the statue, please contact the Kent County Sheriff Department at (616) 632-6100 or Silent Observer at (616) 774-2345.

Police believe that the suspects who took parts of this statue may be involved with other larcenies in the area.

 

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One Response to “Fallen soldier’s monument stolen”

  1. David Segard III says:

    What a terrible thing to do. My brothers and I are absolutely struck with anger over such a cruel act. Please catch these un-patriotic people and bring the ID Tags, kevlar helmet and replica m4 rifle back to were they belong.

    Sincerely
    David J Segard III, US Army active.

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